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Sarah Bockel in Beautiful

Sarah Bockel in Beautiful

Matthew Murphy

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 28 2018
Price: $30-$115
You gotta love Carole King, especially as she's presented in this jukebox bio-musical chronicling her rise from teenage pop prodigy—writing hits for everybody from Bobby Vee to the Shirelles—to the solo rock auteur of the Tapestry album. A good Jewish girl with conventional domestic dreams, she even makes an endearing doormat as she attempts to save her marriage to songwriting partner Gerry Goffin (great lyricist, rotten husband). When an Equity touring production like this one hit Chicago last year, I called it sweet, fun, and comfortable, and so it remains. The first act has an exuberance that's necessarily missing from the second, as we move from King's amazingly productive youth to her sadder-but-wiser maturity. As directed by Marc Bruni, though, the whole functions with all the efficiency of the Brill Building hit-making factory where King started. One oddity: Sarah Bockel's otherwise excellent lead performance seems to take her closer to Barbra Streisand than King in the end. —Tony Adler



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